Android's Nougat 7.0: Features to get excited about

Published August 24th, 2016 - 12:33 GMT
There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat. (Khaleej/Androidblog)
There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat. (Khaleej/Androidblog)

Android 7.0 Nougat update starts rolling out worldwide but only the Nexus devices to get it first.

The new update brings several additional features to Android, from tweaks to the interface that will change how you use your phone, to changes that will improve battery life and performance.

According to the official Android blog, there are over 250 major features in Android Nougat.

Here are 5 features we're most excited about.

More personal

Providing more ways to customize your phone to fit your personality is kind of a big deal, and Android has been leading the way since day one (Homescreen widgets, anyone?). With Android Nougat, you'll have even more ways to make your phone your own, including:

Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones, so go ahead: express yourself.

Quick Settings controls: Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight. With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move 'em around to fit your needs.

Multi-locale support: Apps can tailor their content based on your locale settings. So if you speak multiple languages, for instance, then search engines can show results in each of those languages. 

More productive

Whether you're responding to work emails or making plans with friends, Android Nougat helps you multitask with ease with new features like Multi-window, Direct reply, and Quick switch.

Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.

Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.

Quick Switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.

More battery power

Starting with the release of Android Marshmallow last year, they have been making the battery smarter. That's why they made the Doze feature even dozier with Android Nougat. 

More immersive

Android Nougat is designed with immersive experiences in mind-including support for VulkanTM (an advanced 3D rendering API) and Daydream (Google's platform for mobile virtual reality).

VulkanTM: Games will now leap to life thanks to high-speed, next-generation graphics - all powered by your device's multi-core processor.

Daydream: Android Nougat is ready to transport you to virtual worlds with Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers - all coming later this year.

And most importantly,

It's More Secure!

For new devices coming this fall, they've also added new features like Seamless updates, File-based encryption and and Direct Boot.

Seamless updates: New Android devices with Nougat can install software updates in the background which means you won't have to wait while your device installs the update and optimizes all your apps for the new version. And for current Nexus users, software updates now install much faster, so you won't have to wait for minutes while your device reboots. 

File-based encryption: Android Nougat can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.

Direct Boot: Direct Boot helps your device startup faster, and apps run securely even before you unlock your device when your device reboots.

By Sarakshi Rai

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